Bombardier Transportation has signed contracts with both the Düsseldorf (Rheinbahn AG) and Cologne transport authorities (KVB) for the delivery of 62 FLEXITY light rail vehicles in total. The contract with KVB is for 20 vehicles and is valued at approximately 64 million euro (68 million US). Rheinbahn AG’s contract for 42 vehicles, with an option for 16 additional vehicles, is valued at approximately 127 million euro (135 million US).
The light rail vehicles to be built for Düsseldorf and Cologne will replace the region’s existing fleet of Stadtbahnwagen Bs and will be manufactured at Bombardier sites in Germany. Düsseldorf’s vehicles are scheduled to be delivered between 2017 and 2020, while those for Cologne are scheduled for delivery between 2020 to 2021.
The FLEXITY light rail vehicles are 28 meters long, feature generous passageways, and spacious multi-purpose areas. To date, more than 550 FLEXITY light rail vehicles of this particular type have been sold and this innovative vehicle is already in revenue service in Bursa Turkey, the German cities Cologne and Frankfurt as well as in Manchester, UK.